They will be my people, and I will be their God… I will rejoice in doing them good and will assuredly plant them in this land with all my heart and soul. (Jer 32:38,41)
Relationships are full of lots of milestones: first kiss, first Christmas together first fight over the dishes. But the most important milestones in a relationship are the moments you choose to commit to one another. That be could be getting engaged, getting marriage or moving in together. These are the moments that conform the relationship you have and allow it to go deeper.
And it is the same with our relationship with God. Underpinning our faith is what the Bible calls the covenant. This is the relationship between God and God’s people: God has committed to us and he asks that in return that we dedicate ourselves to him. This is the agreement that binds all believers together.
But we also have a personal relationship with God with personal moments of connection. It could be the first time you prayed, when you committed to being a Christian, your baptism or joining the Church. These are the moments when we commit ourselves to God. And the good news is that when we commit to a relationship to God we don’t need to wait for God to respond or make up his mind. Because God has already said yes to us, we only need to realise it.
Prayer: Lord you are my God and I am yours. May I experience ever deeper your love and commitment today, and my I respond by living faithfully to you.
Action: Take a moment to look back on the moments that defined your faith, when you chose to commit to God. Either write them down or prayerfully reflect on them today.